Man could face jail after shotgun offence

York Crown Court

York Crown Court

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Scaring noisy revellers and holidaymakers into being quiet landed a Robin Hood’s Bay resident before a court facing a possible jail sentence.

The reason for this being that Ian Firth, 49, fired his shotgun into the air to make his point on the night of August 6 last year. Firth, of Bloomswell admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence after Judge Amanda Rippon gave an indication, at the invitation of the defence, that a guilty plea would lead to a sentence not exceeding nine months in prison.

York Crown Court heard Firth fired his shotgun from his home after being disturbed by noise coming from the Old Schoolhouse in the village.

Judge Rippon said she required a pre-sentence report on him which, depending on the recommendations contained in it, could lead to a lesser sentence, including a non-custodial one.

Ordering an all-options report, she warned Firth that she could not promise a lower sentence, only that any prison sentence would not exceed nine months. Taryn Turner, for Firth, told the court that her client had no previous convictions and would be presenting the sentencing court with references from local people.

She said that in his area Firth was well respected for, among other things, the way he cares for his elderly parents, his 90-year-old father having suffered a stroke and his mother also not being well.

Firth was granted unconditional bail to appear beck before the York court on July 26 for sentencing.

A decision will also be made at that hearing whether Firth’s valuable shotgun will be destroyed or sold by the police.

Mrs Turner said that Firth, whose firearm certificate was taken from him in September, last year, as a result of the offence, accepted that he would not get it or his gun back, but had said that he would prefer the weapon to be sold rather than destroyed.